Letters to the Editor

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Tag: election

Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Attack ads or actual records?

For 28th District voters, the attacks raise more questions than they answer.

Did a candidate really cut education funding? Is there a “war on women”? Is there anyone who works “across party lines”? I’ll continue reading everyone’s opinions while I share some insights of my own.

First question, yes. The record shows Tami Green cut education funding. I personally know students whose education was significantly hurt by those cuts.

Second, ”war on women”? No. I, as a woman, am not a single-issue voter. I believe all issues are women’s issues. -What is our state government’s highest priority? Our state constitution says

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Freeby would make an excellent judge

What a shame the campaigns for public offices often times distract us from what is really important: who the are candidates and how would they serve us in their elected positions.

In the campaign for Tacoma Municipal Court judge, Drew Ann Henke’s campaign files a document that is certified electronically as “true, complete and correct.” Robert Freeby’s campaign, relying on the certified document, points out a problem. This results in news articles and letters to the editor that provide further distraction and negative publicity for both candidates. What a shame.

After having served as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Freeby worked for

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Why so little competition?

As I opened my ballot for the upcoming Nov. 4 election, one thing I noticed was the glaring lack of competition for political and judicial positions. Of the 21 positions on the ballot, only six had opposition. That equates to less than 30 percent. Come on; we can do much better than that!

Why are so few citizens running for political and judicial positions? One can assume that citizens may be satisfied with the performance of their government. However, recent opinion polls say otherwise.

Citizens must realize that competition at the polls makes politicians and judges more responsible to the citizens. Civic pride

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Jan Angel’s a bad choice in the 26th

I find The News Tribune editorial board’s reasons for endorsing Jan Angel for state Senate in the 26th District hard to stomach: In essence, she’s been around a long time.

I would ask every voter to look at her voting record and decide if the Washington state she seems to envision is where we want to live: no day-long kindergarten or needed funding for education (SB 5034), lower taxes on multimillionaires by reducing our Educational Legacy Trust Fund (SB 2038 and 2064), no restrictions on guns for those with restraining orders, no health care coverage for part-time public employees (except herself, of

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Conservatives reap what they sow

A recent letter (TNT, 10-20) decries liberal billionaires for funding Initiative 594. The irony is sweet seeing that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings allowing unlimited political funding were instituted by a court majority appointed by conservative Republican presidents.

The Republican mantra of deregulation played a huge role in the rise of the billionaire class that’s now stepping forward in an unprecedented way to control the political process. We reap what we sow.

Oct.
20th

ELECTION: Democrats shouldn’t be apathetic

I think we should all be grateful that we have a president who wants all Americans to have a living wage, affordable health care and a clean environment. His commitment to not put American ground troops at risk in the current Mideast conflict after the tremendous price our service men and women and their families have already paid in Iraq further reflects the value he puts on their lives and service to our country.

Diplomacy rather than war with Syria did work to reduce its stockpiles and use of chemical weapons. Diplomacy and economic sanctions have at least kept Iran engaged

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Oct.
10th

ELECTION: Verify candidates’ backgrounds

As campaign veterans who typically are on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, we are optimistic to see best practices gaining traction during this 2014 campaign cycle.

Last year, through a pilot project launched with the Municipal League of King County, candidates were asked to voluntarily participate in a free background check that would verify key qualifications for public office, such as work history and education credentials, as well as check for any criminal background.

This service, provided by nonpartisan, nonprofit Candidate Verification, has now expanded to include partnerships with four more groups and helped achieve a 60 percent participation

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Oct.
2nd

ELECTION: Support independent candidates

This is a golden opportunity for voters who are weary of governmental and nongovernmental organizations who use taxpayer money to enforce rules that deal an ever-increasing blow to constitutional rights.

There are candidates running for election who are not affiliated with the two-party system. They are aware that political parties often expect allegiance to the party rather than the country.

These candidates have opted out of receiving funds from political action committees and corporations. These candidates would like to actually work for the voters they would represent, not continue the status quo.